Zoning tweaks eyed

Mac Bullock
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Posted 5/1/19

BY MAC BULLOCK Staff writer The Planning Board will review tweaks to the city’s zoning codes in its May meeting. The 5-member volunteer body will convene on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the council …

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The Planning Board will review tweaks to the city’s zoning codes in its May meeting.

The 5-member volunteer body will convene on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. Included in the proposed zoning changes are redistricting on Griffiss and new regulations for shipping containers and tractor trailers.

On Griffiss’ southeast entrance on Wright Drive, the new codes would rename the “High Technology Corporate Development” subdistrict to “Skyline Gateway” and will expand the allowed uses of the zone. Freight terminals, warehouses and healthcare facilities will be permitted, to encourage “flexibility of development.”

The shipping container codes will allow the use of such in any district in the city without a permit, provided they are used for “loading and unloading” and are removed within 14 days. Longer periods of use will need Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

The containers can’t be stacked or lived in, and must be placed on paved surfaces.

The tractor trailer codes also prohibit their use as permanent storage, but allow temporary on-site storage of tractor trailers in Commercial District lots for five days.

Trucks being temporarily stored under that provision must be on a paved surface and must be 20 feet “from any lot line.”

Presently, there are no rules on the use of either as storage containers, Chief Codes Enforcement Officer Mark Domenico has said.

If approved by the Planning Board, the changes will be voted on by the Common Council.

Also before the board are site plans and an environmental review of proposed changes at All Creatures Boarding and Grooming, 6572 Williams Road.

A proposed 2,560-square foot expansion would add 50 more kennels to both the long-term and daycare facilities, and a 2,000 square foot building would be used as an in-house veterinary clinic. A parking lot expansion is also proposed.

A “vehicular display lot” is proposed at Victory Dodge, 5827 Rome Taberg Road. The board will look over site plans and an environmental review of the project.

The Oneida County Industrial Development Agency is seeking board approval to subdivide a vacant property at 1320 Floyd Avenue, near Broadway. The 21.95 acre lot was assessed at $439,000 in 2018.

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